Athletics
Wilkinson leads the way on a golden day

Wednesday 09 January 2013 Updated: 09/01 15:32

THERE were some golden performances as Leamington C & AC successfully hosted the Warwickshire Cross Country Championships at Newbold Comyn on Saturday.

Dan Wilkinson led the way for C & AC by storming to victory in the under 13 boys race in 13-09, finishing ahead of Kieran Mullis (Royal Sutton Coldfield) 13-43 and team-mate Kieran Chahal 14-02.

William Eadon was 12th in 14-34, Alex Ibbs 13th in 14-39, Ben Hawkes 23rd in 15-32 and Tim Virr 25th in 15-38.

C & AC won the team gold from Coventry Godiva and Royal Sutton Coldfield.

The other gold medal success came courtesy of the masters women team who finished ahead of Stratford and Sparkhill thanks to the efforts of Monica Williamson who finished 3rd in 28-32, Sue Harrison 6th in 29-14 and Jenny Jeeves 13th in 32-16.

The race winner was Clare Grice (Birchfield) in 28-18, while the other C & AC athletes competing were Tina Clemmensen (14th) 32-22, Angela Chahal (21st) 33-30, Janet Mee (36th) 37-13 and Carol Blower (43rd) 39-35.

The senior women’s race was won by Laura Whittle (Royal Sutton Coldfield) in 26-03. The host club were represented by Zara Blower (9th) 30-22 and Emma Fulcher (16th). Bournville took the team prize.

Coventry Godiva dominated the senior men’s race with Toby Spencer taking the county title in 34-21 from team-mates Matt Lole 35-13 and Chris Bannon 35-23.

Andrew Savery led the C & AC trio home in 6th after clocking 36-06, followed by Jamie Langley (14th) 38-03 and Richard Stevens (55th) 50-46.

Brian Miller was first C & AC athlete home in the masters men’s race, finishing 28th in 42-42. He was followed by Craig Bower (30th) 42-47, Mike Denney (44th) 44-24, Steve Roberts (58th) 45-42, Paul Caruana (59th) 45-43, Peter Taylor (64th) 46-48, Adrian Mawby (85th) 50-27, Graham Roberts (90th) 51-36 and Mick Aston (114th) 60-29.

Bournville won the team prize from Royal Sutton Coldfield.

Callum Hanlon (26-35) finished 6th behind winner Jack Villette (Coventry Godiva) 24-09 in the under 20 men’s race, while Katherine Taylor (31-48) was 10th in the under 20 women’s race behind winner Katie Ingle (Royal Suttoin Coldfield) in the under 20 womens race.

C & AC won a team bronze medal in the under 17 men’s event, behind Birchfield and Coventry Godiva, thanks to the efforts of Charlie Davis (2nd) 23-52, Jack Savage (13th) 28-05 and James Sadler (14th) 28-35.

Abdi Abdi (Birchfield) won the race in 23-42, while the other C & AC runners were Ben Kimberley (17th) 29-08, Bryn Morgan (21st) 29-20, Tristan Warren (22nd) 29-22 and Johnathon Brown (24th) 29.38.

Megan McDonald was the sole C & AC runner in the under 17 women’s race in which she finished 3rd in 25-33 behind winner Sian Rainsley (Coventry Godiva) who clocked 23-11. Royal Sutton Coldfiled won the team gold.

Good performances by Isobel Davis (4th) 18-33, Rebecca Lord (17thg) 21-14 and Asha Chakrabarti (18th) 21-28 helped C & AC finish third in the under 15 girls event behind Royal Sutton Coldfield and Soilihull & Small Heath. The race was won by Elmena Saunders (Royal Sutton Coldfield) in 17.36.

Dean Mawby (9th) 17-52 led C & AC home in the under 15 boys race from Sam Wadsworth (14th) 18-15, Lloyd Ellis (20th) 19-11, Matthew Woodhouse (21st) 19-18 and Gabriel Higgins (24th) 19-43.

Tom Dodd (Birchfield) won in 15-20 and Coventry Godiva took the team title.

Georgie Clarke finished 17th in the under 13 girls race just two places ahead of Amy Savage. Emily Nectus (Nuneaton) won the race and Royal Sutton Coldfield claimed the team prize.

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